A stellar Super Bowl for Todd Bowles
Matching up with Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill is an extremely tall task for a defensive coordinator. Mahomes could go down as the second-best quarterback ever, Kelce is already making a compelling case as the best tight end ever, and Hill is still the fastest player in the NFL.
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Even with all these weapons on the game’s biggest stage, the Chiefs were kept out of the end zone for the whole game.
Mahomes finished the game 26/49(53%), zero touchdowns, and two interceptions. The added pressure completely destroyed the Chiefs’ plan, and the Bucs have witnessed offensive collapses like this in the past.
There were very few games during the Jameis Winston era where he wasn’t running for his life the whole game. Tampa Bay’s offensive line wasn’t what it is now, and Jameis, like Mahomes, had to use his legs for any chance to keep the plays alive. It’s just nice seeing it happen to the other team for once.
Even on the few plays where the pocket was clean, this is not the Mahomes that we have grown familiar with. Mahomes missed open receivers and forced throws into questionable windows. Gone was any trace of the “future GOAT,” and all of this started with Bowles’ exceptional strategy going into the game.
As the Buccaneers have learned this year, consistent quarterback play is the most valuable aspect for an NFL team, and Todd Bowles has made his mark on the NFL by making one of the best quarterbacks in the business look lost on the national stage en route to winning his first Super Bowl as a coach.
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